Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Gate unlocked, but work still to be completed, on rink closed since summer 2010.
There is good news for those who have been waiting for the reopening of the roller hockey rink at Harry Dunham Park, closed for more than two years, but it isn't time for a ribbon cutting yet. The rink, with a new asphalt service, informally opened earlier this month with the unlocking of the gate to allow entry. The repair job for the hockey rink is not totally complete, and officials for the township parks and recreation department said this week it will be closed again temporarily when a final color coating is installed. That finishing touch must wait until the weather warms up a little, said Township Administrator Bruce McArthur. Nevertheless, the overhaul of the hockey rink — which stirred up some local controversy over the best new …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Asphalt already laid, rink waits final covering.
The closed roller hockey rink at Harry Dunham Park off Somerville Road in Basking Ridge is expected to open again in the spring, after a final acrylic coating is put on an asphalt base already laid by a contractor hired to refurbish the township recreational facility. Township Engineer Tom Timko said that the the final color coating must be done in the spring. He said after the facility reopens, the township Department of Parks and Recreation will oversee any scheduling, if any. The final completion of the facility — the laying of the top coat — is dependent on the weather in terms of temperature and sufficient dry weather, said Jennifer Gander, director of the township parks department. After it reopens, the facility will be open to those…
Monday, October 8, 2012
After more than two years of being closed, work is finally underway at hockey rink at Harry Dunham Park.
Now that the township's public works department has removed the old asphalt and by last week had laid gravel at the hockey rink being reconstructed at Harry Dunham Park, laying the groundwork for a contractor to come in with a goal of completing the work this year. A few weeks ago, DPW employees removed the cracked asphalt surface that was the reason that the municipal recreational facility had been closed up more than two years ago. By last week, the surface had been smoothed, and gravel had been laid as a base for a future surface, township officials said. The walls around the facility also were removed for repair, and will be reinstalled once the new surface, with plans also for a new drainage system, is complete, according to township …
Monday, September 24, 2012
About 100 runners join fundraiser for safe cribs for baby — including this 'scary old man.'
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Monday, September 24, 2012
First, to the girl overheard say, "This one old guy passed us and he was wheezing—it was scary": I apologize, I didn't mean to frighten you. But, hey, I passed you! As one of the last runners crossing the finish line in the Keeping Babies Safe 5K Sunday at Harry Dunham Park in Basking Ridge's Liberty Corner section, I was just pleased to have finished ahead of someone (I also shaved about six minutes off the time of my first 5K—last year's Watchung Hills Regional Municipal Alliance 5k). My hat's off to 17-year-old Matthew Davis, of Randolph, who finished the event in 19:14.3, and the amazing Steve Nix, a 58-year-old from Denville who did it in 23:13.7. I joined the event to help the great work Keeping Babies Safe is doing, more than set a …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Contract more than $50,000 under budget now that public works department doing some of resurfacing and renovation work.
The fifth time evidently was the charm for finding a contractor to resurface, regrade and install a drainage system at the closed roller hockey rink at Harry Dunham Park — and at the right price. For multiple reasons, the township's four other attempts at hiring a contractor with an acceptable proposal had failed before during 2011 and 2012. Even before the Township Committee on Tuesday awarded a $121,660 contract for the job, the township's public works employees had been out at the rink off Somerville Road. Trucks and workers had been busy for a few days removing the side boards from the recreational facility, and digging up the old and cracked asphalt surface. Township Engineer Tom Timko said the next step is to meet with the newly …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
"Keeping Babies Safe" aims to prevent accidental crib death; will hold Sept. 23 run/walk at Basking Ridge Park to support goal.
Joyce Davis, of Warren, has been very busy the last few years, years spent in the absence of a child who died from suffocation in a portable playpen. After that terrible accident, Davis has dedicated herself to preventing any further such deaths as much as is possible—deaths caused not by a mysterious virus or unaccountable physical anomaly, but deaths caused by simple mistakes made in creating a safe place for a baby to sleep—"the only place you leave your children unattended," she notes. Each year, hundreds of babies die because of unsafe cribs or mattresses, and Davis' Keeping Babies Safe charity is dedicated to eliminating the dangers caused by simple ignorance of safe uses and products. Davis said that she found despite all the …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Bernards Township Administrator Bruce McArthur said township would probably seek new bid to replace the one rejected on a technicality.
Bernards Township officials took what is becoming the usual step for what to do with bids submitted for the proposed repair and resurfacing of a padlocked roller hockey rink at Harry Dunham park—they voted to reject. But this time, Township Administrator Bruce McArthur said the reason for declining to award a contract was there was a "fatal flaw" in the paperwork for the $115,000 proposal. Other than a mistake in the bid bond, McArthur said the bid was a legitimate proposal from a legitimate company. He said the township could seek a bid on the project for a fifth time. This latest bid also was the first bid to fall within the township's budget for the project, initially set at $125,000, then increased to $175,000 after initial bids in …
Monday, July 2, 2012
Township making fourth try at hiring contractor to resurface and repair padlocked roller hockey rink at Harry Dunham.
Bernards Township officials are moving ahead with a fourth try at obtaining an acceptable job proposal to resurface and to repair drainage at a roller hockey rink, locked up for about two years due to a cracking asphalt surface. The Township Committee last week rejected a third set of bids for exceeding a budget of $175,000. Now the municipality has placed an advertisement for a fourth set of bids, due to be filed at the Bernards Township municipal building by next Wednesday, July 11, according to Township Administrator Bruce McArthur. The Township Committee would be responsible for deciding whether to award a contract to install a new asphalt surface on the closed hockey rink, as well as addressing a supposed underlying drainage problem …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Bernards Township engineer said township officials mulling bids for repair of hockey rink closed for two years.
The Township Committee could at its next meeting, June 26, consider awarding a contract to repair the closed and cracked hockey rink at Harry Dunham Park that has been padlocked for about two years, Township Engineer Tom Timko said. The third set of bids for a proposed project to fix drainage and put a new asphalt surface was anticipated in late April, with the expectation that a contract might be awarded in May, township officials said in early April. However, at the end of April, township resident Douglas Wicks—who had complained about the handling of the bid process several times before the Township Committee and also in a letter objecting to the township's move in April to increase the maximum budget for the rink repair to a $175,000—…
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Cost bids for overhaul of closed hockey rink at Harry Dunham Park expected to be opened on April 25.
Following multiple meetings at which audience members — particularly resident Doug Wicks — and township officials debated whether an asphalt or tile surface would be best for repairing a cracked and closed hockey rink, the Township Committee on Tuesday night unanimously agreed to plans for an asphalt top over a new drainage system. Township Engineer Tom Timko reminded township officials that at the first of last summer's two failed attempts to obtain a satisfactory bid for the project, the proposal that came in for a tile surface with accompanying drainage work was for $173,000 — even more than the $142,000 figure rejected by the Township Committee at that time. The second set of bids were rejected due to improperly filled out paperwork, …